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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)

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92
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420 Reviews
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Reviews: 420
Hads: 771
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 47
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 09-06-2001

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Photo of techdiver
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden amber with dark brown yeasty bits and a modest head that dissipates quickly.

Banana and clove to the nose.

Sweet malt, and hops. Balanced but lacking what I would have expected.

Mouthfeel is the high point. Pleasant carbonation, fairly smooth and enjoyable here.

Drinkability not that great. Could be because I just had an Oerbier; and it was soo much better. (393 characters)

Photo of kkipple
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dumped this into my St. Bernie goblet. The "Mad Bitch" (who thinks these names up?) arrives as an unfiltered opaque gold with a 2cm white head. Nothing unusual here...

Smell is classic Tripel, alcohol, cloves, unripe banannas and citrus. Alcohol is rather strong in this one, but not unpleasant.

Ok, time to drink! This isn't disappointing by any means, and is immediately recognized as a Tripel. Sweet malts, unquestionably Belgian candi sugar, and alcohol jump out. Bananas, cloves, nutmeg and other assorted spices bring up the rear, all held together by a (in my mind) overly sweet malt presence and that distinctive Belgian yeast flavor. Finish is peppery and dry.

The mouthfeel is sweet, with a tingly carbonation and finishes estery and sour, with a dryness and a bit of alcohol numbness. Not bad, but I've had better.

Certainly a decent Tripel, but to be honest, Allagash is cheaper and tops this easily. The Mad Bitch is still quite respectable, but could use a little less sweetness and complexity for my liking. (1,034 characters)

Photo of Toddv29424
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to see another small Belgian brewery to make a Tripel (as St Bernardus is my favorite), but this never seems to develop into anything worthwhile. Pours a golden color with a moderate head that dissipates quickly. Unlike most tripels, there is not a lot of effervescing going on in the glass after this beer is poured. There seems to be too much carbonation, which never lets the spices or malt develop. The aftertaste is citrus-like, but again it dissipates quickly. (480 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date, but I've had this cellared since 3/07. The body was a dull orange/green/grey color. The huge off-white head lingered.

Smell was fruity. Whole wheat bread dough. Belgian yeast and pears.

Taste was nondescript fruitiness. Alcohol. Roasted grains. Spicy and rich. Mellowed somewhat as it warmed (or maybe it was me that mellowed).

Mouthfeel was a bit hot. Zesty and mouthfilling carbonation. (465 characters)

Photo of DPFRD
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured golden in color, turbid with yeast and carbonation. Incredibly heady, but it dispatched leaving no veil.

S- Spicy and malty with a trace of green apple. Just by the smell I could tell it would be a taste dominated by alcohol.

T- Spicy and boozy... little bit of malt up front, alcohol just cuts through everything. Once warm some of the green apple comes through. After taste is dominated by alcohol and a little bitterness.

M- Carbonation, quite hot in the mouth, but rather thin.

D- It was decent. It's Belgian, so I had my bar set high. There was nothing wrong with it, but being a tripel, I just do not think it's remarkable for that style. It is a good beer, and was a fine drink; however, I do not ever seeing myself seeking one of these out, especially if there are other tripels around. I would order it if there weren't much else, but if an establishment has this, then they'll at least have Chimay and their tripel is superior. (951 characters)

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok looking beer. I got the last bit of the bottle so mine is fairly yeasty, but I can see the color is very nice as is the head. Nice fine bubbles that mound up above the etched 'bubble making D' in my Duvel glass.

Nose is straight up 4 day old bananas and alcohol. Quite nice!!

Taste is a bit harsh. I mean kind of rough and bumpy so to speak, maybe solvent like...higher alcohols?? I get a touch of the banana esters and definately some nice alcohol warmth, but not very smooth at all and pretty dry. I think this could be sweetened up just a tad.

Decent mouthfeel for the style, nothing to rave about.

Not too drinkable with this harshness, maybe a bad bottle?? (679 characters)

Photo of WhiteOak
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a brownish-yellow color with copious, sticky lace. Even with careful pouring, large amounts of sediment particles make their way into the glass.

S- Strong aroma of 20 year tawny Port, Sauternes, sweet white dessert wine, golden raisins, dried light fruits, licorice.

T- Tawny port, Sauternes, apricots, honey.

M, D- A touch of sticky-sweet viscosity followed by a hot ethanol finish might tend to moderate the drinkability a bit.

Note: I have opened many a gusher, but even with careful handling coming straight off the storage rack, this beer simply exploded unexpectedly upon opening, soaking my entire left side, part of the kitchen and two friends standing nearby. The spray shot outward for 3-4 feet in all directions, leaving only about 4-5 ounces to drink -- the rest on the floor or in the laundry. Mad Bitch indeed. (837 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle without a vintage/freshness date. Pours a lightly hazed gold color with a massive soapy cap of off-white head. Fades slowly and leaves chunks of foam all over the place. Good looking beer.

Nose is grainy, alcoholic and a little bit like cream soda. Fruits galore.

Taste is hugely fruity and vinous, loads of alcohol. Too big for its own good? Maybe. The body is rich, but the malts light..which leaves alcohol and yeasty phenols picking up the slack. A little overcarbonated, but a few hard swirls fix that pretty quick. Yeast really throws its weight around here, I dont know if I have ever had a fruitier, yeast driven beer before. Interesting beer, but I dont think I would buy it again. (706 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.47/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 10/2013. $6.00/11.2oz. Poured into a tulip.

A solid tripel. IF you like a super dry finish this might be a tripel for you, otherwise a slight above average beer. 3.5

A – Pours a cloudy (-) orange amber, with a white two-finger dense mousey head that dissipates to a thin layer. Great Belgian lacing. 3

S – Spicy followed by some fruity notes. 3.5

T – Yeasty with some herbal hoppiness. 3.5

MF – Medium-light body with a real dry finish. Clean, fizzy, sharp. 3.5 (485 characters)

Photo of ToolHead
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33 cl bottle, served in Chimay goblet.
Pours w/ the typical Dolle Brouwers head, that is: massive, rocky and long-lived, much of the sediment not sinking through the head.
Cloudy dark gold w/ lots of sediment floating about. Highly aggressive, in-your-face taste dominated by hops and a good dose of yeast. Bitter and not for the faint of palate. A beer w/ tons of character. (377 characters)

Photo of erosier
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: Pours a thick and unfiltered golden yellow color with a thick and huge white colored head that laces the glass a lot as it fades very slowly down the sides.
S: Smells of sweet malts, big citrus aromas mixed with alcohol and yeast aromas.
T: Tastes of sweet malts followed by a lot of different yeast flavors of orange, lemon, banana, herbs and spices, and a slight alcohol flavoring as well.
M: Heavy feeling and tasting, perfect amount of carbonation, warming, rich.
D: Pretty drinkable since it has such a high abv, the mix of flavors was nice and fruity. (560 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy amber with a growing sudsy head.
Nose shows doughy yeast, candi sugar, light fruit (pears, white grapes) and soft phenols. Yeast really dominates here.
The flavours, unfortunately, are completely dominated by hot, solvent-like alcohol. Underneath is more doughy yeast.
Carbonation is way too high. (308 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear amber color with orange coming through. Big head with chunky lacing at the top.

S - Nice yeast, a lot of dark fruits in this, I get a significant amount of figs, raisins, etc. A little hoppy in a good way.

T - Sweet and fruity. The figs come through exceptionally strong, it's a little too sweet and fruity for me. It overpowers the yeast, which I feel is a bit lost in this one. Not bad, but not great.

M - Nice and syrupy, but with carbonation to give it a nice kick.

D - Too sweet, fruity, and strong for me to do a whole lot of this. (551 characters)

Photo of bskrtz
3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle Served very cold, poued into wide glass beer challis

A) Yikes -- tons of sediment/floaties. These remain active for a few minutes, circulating through out the glass. Hazy brass or or dull gold when held to the light. Long lasting ample 1 inch white head

S) Spicy, sweet malts. A waft of alcohol, this is clearly strong stuff. Cider, citrus & ginger spice

T)Notes of apple, pear, brown sugar & sweet malt. After a moment, a burn that warms the throat all the way down.

M) Lively carbonation, smooth but strong. Refreshing. (544 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 4/25/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark golden color with a thick white head that persists. Aroma of light fruit. Flavor of light fruits, gumdrops, rind, spices. Initial sip is nice and fruity, but the swallow's got some bite! A heavy tripel, really warms your mouth. One of the better tripels I've had, although I'm not particularly a fan of the style.
7/4/6/4/14 (3.5/5) (381 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.36/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.6 oz bottle into a snifter, the Dolle Teve is a hazy pale yellow, with lots of bubbles and a huge, frothy white head, which keeps rising out of the glass as it settles, holding firm and tight, leaving foamy lace.

The aroma is heavy on the green apple and pear, sugar with some vinegar, band-aid like phenols and movie popcorn.

The taste is pretty rich, heavier on the sugar and caramel then the color beguiles, spicy plastic phenols, alcohol, with citrus tropical fruit, candi and bubblegum.

The mouthfeel is super carbonated and foamy, medium to heavy bodied for a tripel.

Tasty, yet rich enough to help you keep the speed in check, and lacking the digestibility I look for in the style. Honestly, I'd have guessed this was from the U.S. in blind tasting, it's best attribute is that, while heavy tasting, doesn't drink at 10% (860 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.27/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to biglove for the trade sample. Pours a hazy,somewhat darker then average golden color. Big head that slowly receedes. Yeasty and phenolic aroma. Flavor is very astringent and phenolic. A ton of spice in there-especially black pepper. Almost too much for me. Good enough mouthfeel-the high carbonation level makes it quite lively on the tongue. Overall I only find this to be an average triple. Too spicy in my opinion and the spices that are there are just overpowering. (479 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
3.26/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber, a bit chunky (really loose sediment that was lifted into solution by the carbonation after I popped the cap), thick spongey layer of white foam with great head retention, some lace

Aroma: strong peary alcohol with a sour milk undercurrent, yeast, hint of bubblegum and maple syrup

Flavor: big double-punch of peppery alcohol and sugary sweetness; vitaminy yeast taste and a touch of sherry-like oxidation; a vegetal, throaty bitterness; finishes semisweet with a lingering alcohol bite

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, vigorous carbonation, lots of alcohol warmth

Other comments: This is a re-review of the beer using a bottle of it (purchased at the brewery) that I have been storing since 2004. Interesting to see how the age has affeced it. Compare this review to my first one:

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/201/1116/?ba=GreenCard

The distinctive De Dolle "funk" is more pronounced, but it seems like the alcohol has almost completely taken over, which is interesting. Usually the alcohol mellows out with age. This beer is definitely better when it's fresher. (1,104 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.24/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought this one after reading some wonderfull reviews. I already drank this beer before, but I could not remember what it was like.
It pours an orange colour with a steady lacing and enough carbonation to keep the head going.
Smell was rather unpleasant, iron all over the place, mild oxidation (sherry?) and higher alcohols reminding me of green apples. There was also some caramel after all these tastes.
Taste was different, no sign of the oxidation (if there was any at all) and the iron taste was not present. First impression was good, an alcoholic firm beer with higher alcohols, ripe banana's and a bitter, dry aftertaste. There is also some acidity in the aftertaste, but that is really in the back. Second impression was that the beer is more or less out of balance, there is too much alcohol to really be drinkable, so I cannot rate this as high as my colleague reviewers. Too bad, because I had high expectations from the Dolle Brouwers! (954 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.33cl bottle into Westmalle goblet in Antwerp, Belgium. Reviewed live.

A: Four finger head of soft delicate cream, great cream, and brilliant retention for the ABV. Hazy yellow colour.

Sm: Souring hops and lemon citrus esters. A moderate strength scent.

T: Amber hops, slight souring hop climax. Full barley foundation. The souring hops mix with the amber hops to form a hoppy beer that is rather complex. Balanced well but not built fantastically.

Mf: Smooth and wet with some coarseness on the climax. Suits the flavours of the body.

Dr: High ABV, easy enough drinking, but not exemplary quality. High pricing by Belgian standards. This beer is mostly hype. (669 characters)

Photo of debaniel
3.21/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into straight glass...

APPEARANCE: Very promising... an amber champagne color, with a monstrous head...

SMELL: Classic tripel - dry apples and spice, this one not extremely complex, but straightforward.

TASTE: Candy apples, very appealing, but whoa - the alcohol flavor is intense... tripel is one of my favorite styles, but honestly, by the time I was halfway through this one, I was ready for it to be gone because of the strong alcohol flavors...

MOUTHFEEL: Great - light and bubbly.

DRINKABILITY: Couldn't handle the alcohol flavor. I love big beers, but this one doesn't hide the alcohol at all... (621 characters)

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.21/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle from Abe's in Bethlehem for $4 or so. I've wanted to try this one for a while and it was the first time I saw it at Abe's so i grabbed on up. Poured into a tulip glass.

I let this beer warm a bit before opening, perhaps a bit too much because as soon as I tried to take the bottle cap off beer came shooting out from under the lid. It made a little mess but I did manage to get most of it in the glass. The beer was a cloudy golden amber color, a bit darker than i expected, big white head that recedes quickly and left no lacing. Disappointment.

Smell was very belgian, somewhat aggresive sweetness from the yeast, partially hidden booze, not funky but definately fruity.

Taste was sweet, somewhat heavy bite from the carbonation that is left, more booze than i appreciate though this is understandable at 10%.

Mouthfeel is thin, maybe a bit watery but at least it isn't heavy.

Drinkability is limited by the prominence of the alcohol and the disheartening sight of a glass of beer with absolutely no head and no lacing. It just looked dead in the glass. From other reviews of this it is clear that a lot of people have enjoyed this beer and will continue to enjoy it, but it was certainly a disappointment for me. (1,235 characters)

Photo of Squelch
3.04/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy amber colored. Minimal non-lacing, stark white head.

Smell: Lemony, estery. best part of this beer.

Taste: No enough sweetness or crispness for me. too much bitterness. Finishes roasted malty flavors and not esters. Complex but not in the style.

Mouthfeel: Heavy. Hot in the end. have to sip this one.

Overall: Average at best. There are better tripels out there. (385 characters)

Photo of JordonHoltzman
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

well, there is a ton of yeast floating around in here. it must be, because i'm pretty sure i cleaned the glass very well. the head got huge with an unaggressive pour. a cloudy golden color, with a white thick head. the beer's appearance gives off the impression that its still alive. wow i just poured the rest into the glass, these are chunks of yeast in there. i'm not sure if i'm gonna like that. hopefully i dont feel any grittiness, because that'll suck.
when i put my nose to it, i get the aroma of a champagne or wine. grapes and apple, some alcohol aroma.
hmm, this is an age-able beer, and the place i bought it from definitely handles their beer correctly. maybe i just don't like it. the amount of visible yeast is way too much. and i can't really describe the taste too well. sweet and bitter. the beer went from initially being a clear golden color, to a color that is completely cloudy, i can no longer see through it.

considering this beer has a great reputation, and i paid about $5.50 for it, i'm disappointed. i'm gonna take the next 5 minutes considering making it my first drain pour. maybe one day i'll revisit this brew and have a better experience. (1,173 characters)

Photo of Chadbrew
2.93/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is huge head, I am always amazed at how they can do this!
The bubbles are so tightly packed it looks like whipped cream. Cloudy with a color like toffee.
The aroma is spicy mostly like cloves, sweet and yeasty also.
Overpowering phenols and clove, whoa! Too much of a plantain flavor.
Plenty of mouthfeel and the carbonation fills my mouth.
Over the top on all counts and not very balanced in my opinion, nonetheless thanks to Biglove for the opportunity. (465 characters)

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.